Friday, June 5, 2009

Train Ups

...not to be confused with training pants or Pull Ups.

"Train Ups" are the briefings and training exercises soldiers partake in the weeks leading up to a deployment. They work extra hours -even on the weekends- to make sure they are thoroughly prepared to embark on their perilous journey overseas.

We are now entering that window.

It's frustrating because now would seem the time for the soldier to spend as much time with his family as possible. I am just grateful for the amazing Spring Break we shared as a family. I understand why they do it the way they do. The danger over there is still very real. The bad guys don't care if James is doing a 4 to 6-month deployment instead of a year. They still have their orders, too.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about my husband's safety. But worrying won't keep him out of harm's way. So I pray. And I pray some more. God has been faithful. Deployments can make or break a marriage...a family. Faith has kept us together. God has put commitment in our hearts. With every deployment, we have gotten closer to God and closer to each other. We thank God for giving us the strength ~ the strength to withstand being separated in body while remaining joined by our hearts.

And in a few short weeks, this old heart of mine will be breaking. Yet again.

Hurry safely back to me, Honey. We have a date to keep with The White House.


Michele said...

Honey, I am praying right along with you for James' safe return. That the Lord will keep your entire family safe in His arms. He is able to do far above & beyond anything that we could ever imagine!

In just a few short months, the love of your life will return to you and I am sooo excited by the reunion you will have and the preparation that will take place as you head back east for the incredible chapter that awaits next!

Karen the Californian said...

I'll be praying for his quick and safe return and for peace in your heart as you deal with being away from the love of your life.

Jenny B said...

You and your family are so strong. Keep your eye on the prize and hopefully the time will go by a little faster.

Jamie said...

You and your family will be in our prayers as well. Thank you so very much for all that you do to allow my family the freedoms we so greatly enjoy!

Wishing James a safe journey and a speedy return.